Treadmill Maintenance, Routine Care to Keep a Treadmill Running Smooth

The treadmill is the powerhouse of many cardio workouts. Routine care of the treadmill keeps it performing day after day.

To keep your treadmill running smoothly and safely, the following is a breakdown of routine maintenance tasks.


After Every Use

Wipe down the entire treadmill with a damp cloth or disinfectant wipe. Doing this removes sweat, dirt, and grime that can cause corrosion or damage to the electronics or the walking surface. Pay attention to the console, handles, and the walking surface. Wring out all excess liquid from your cloth before wiping the machine.


Look over the treadmill for any loose parts, frayed wires, or damage to the belt. Tighten any loose screws with the appropriate wrench size.

Weekly or Bi-Weekly

Based on the number and types of workouts a machine may see, do a more thorough cleaning. Vacuum around the base of the treadmill to remove dust buildup that might affect the motor. You can also lift the belt (consult the manual for instructions) and clean the underside to remove debris.

General Maintenance:


Check the owner's manual for your specific treadmill's lubrication instructions. Lubricating the belt reduces friction and ensures smooth operation.


Don't over-lubricate. Follow the exact directions for quantity and application method.


If you have replaced the original belt and deck with a non-OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) option, follow the recommended lubrication for your replacement parts.

Click here to learn more about treadmill lubricant.

Additional Tips:

  • Consult the manual: Your treadmill's user manual will have specific care instructions and may require different cleaning solutions or lubrication procedures. Refer to it for the most accurate information for your machine.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals: Never use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on your treadmill. Stick to mild soap and water or a disinfectant wipe solution recommended for fitness equipment. Click here for fitness equipment cleaning wipes.

By following these simple routines, you can extend the life of your treadmill and ensure a safe and enjoyable workout experience.

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